Consecutive losses may have been blessing in disguise

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It’s finally happened.  After five years of increasingly predictable and unimaginative offensive football, the Baltimore Ravens stepped up and gave their fans an early Christmas present by removing Cam Cameron from the Offensive Coordinator’s position.  Now maybe the angry phone calls to Baltimore sports talk shows and irate columns by internet bloggers (like mine) will ease up.  I’m officially declaring an armistice. The blogosphere is full of comments over what happened and why.  There are indications that an argument ensued on the sidelines between Cameron and John Harbaugh that continued...

Players react to Cameron’s dismissal

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With the Ravens preparing to welcome Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos into town, the dust began to settle around the Under Armour Performance Center as new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell installs his first game plan. Wednesday was the first day the media could meet with the players and ask their thoughts and feelings on the dismissal of former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Many eyes were on quarterback Joe Flacco as he just responded to Cameron’s removal as being “stunned.” There was much speculation about the working relationship of Cameron...

Video breakdown: Bernard Pierce’s first NFL score

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I give Cam Cameron a lot of crap. He’s been on my bad side for the better part of his tenure in Baltimore. However, I have to give him credit when he earns it, and Sunday in Cleveland he did. Ravens fans were clamoring for the team to get back to basics on offense, and to pound the running game, and that’s exactly what they did. Fifteen of the team’s first 22 plays from scrimmage were runs, and those 22 plays resulted in 141 yards of offense and two touchdowns....

Cam Cameron and offense looking to “execute better”

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The road woes of the Ravens have been well documented, as it’s clear they aren’t the same team outside the confines of M&T Bank Stadium. Expecting their offense to click on all cylinders isn’t unrealistic for the Ravens, because they’ve seen how effective it can be when executed properly. “The great thing for us as an offense, us as a team and for all the Ravens fans, is that we know what this offense can be,” said offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. “We know what we want it to look like,...

Statistical Look: Ravens’ “sugar huddle” more sour than sweet

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The best way for the Ravens to execute the sugar huddle in Cleveland on Sunday will be to do just that – give it the execution it deserves. Sayonara, scram, adios and goodbye. Eliminating what seems to be the Ravens’ primary offensive philosophy may seem drastic, but so far – especially on the road – it has caused more harm than good. The play calling lacks creativity, being extremely predictable in most instances. The offense is barely on the field and then a battered and bruised defense ends up getting...

Should the Baltimore Ravens call on Inspector Gadget?

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It’s been said many times that if teams can force the opponent to think then half the battle on a given play has been won. Thinking forces a player to slow down. No longer can players simply employ their finely tuned reactive skills. They are forced to mentally process the changing environment that surrounds them. When they do, they slow down. When they slow down they diminish their effectiveness. Teams study each other on film prior to games. They study tendencies. They memorize them and in doing it allows them...

Ravens abandon run game

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Yesterday in Houston, the Ravens treated Ray Rice and Vonta Leach like they were a cardboard box full of puppies left in a grocery store parking lot. No, not cute. Abandoned. At the conclusion of the Ravens’ 43-13 beat down by the Houston Texans, Rice had failed to top at least 100 yards from scrimmage for just the third time in 2012. Rice is a phenomenal talent but Leach has had much to do with his success. While it’s understandable that defenses will sometimes eliminate their opponents rushing attack, having...